Healthful Benefits of Blueberries

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 3rd, 2012 in Body, Education, Gainesville, GA | No Comments

What are great on waffles and pancakes and great in yogurt and smoothies? Ahhh..blueberries. I love those plump little berries. There is something about the surprise you get when you chop down on one with anticipation of its sweet or tart juice. These little blue berries are great and great for you, and I try to incorporate them in my diet regularly like many of the residents at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Gainesville, Ga.

In recent years, blueberries have become one of the many “it” fruits. But for good reason that scientific evidence can back up. Blueberries are  high in antioxidants which of course fights cancer causing free radicals.  They are great for the nervous system, and recent studies have shown they help to improve memory. That’s right, there is a mighty big punch packed in these tiny blue berries. Studies show blueberries contain flavonoids that help to improve memory and cognitive function. Researchers have found they help improve reasoning skills, verbal comprehension, decision making and numerical ability. Blueberries are a super food for the brain, which can slow cognitive decline and may even protect against disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

In addition, many might have heard about the benefits of unsweetened cranberry juice for urinary track infections. However, using this treatment comes with its own set of drawbacks. There is a aspirin like substance found in cranberries, which prevent those allergic to aspirin from using this remedy. Further, cranberries are not safe for children under the age of 3.  However, you can also use blueberries to clear up urinary tract infections in place of cranberries. Blueberries are also known to help eliminate the biofilms left behind after  microorganisms have traveled through the urinary system. In the past, Native Americans have even used blueberries to treat chronic cough.

Indeed, blueberries have several benefits that should be important us all. They are cancer fighting superheros with more antioxidants than any fruit. Also, the discovery of blueberries cognitive health benefits is great find for research in aging, Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders.  This of course is important to the population we serve here at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Gainesville, Ga.  There is no doubt, that folks including a senior living in Gainesville, Ga and people around the world at every age should add these little blue guys into their diets.

How to Add Blueberries in the your Diet

  • Blueberries are great by themselves: Grab about a cup of these little guys and get plenty of antioxidants that will fight off cancer causing free radicals.
  • Add blueberries them to smoothies: There are plenty of great smoothie recipes that include blueberries. Blueberry and banana smoothies is my personal favorite. Here is a link to a great recipe Blueberry Monstrosity Fruit Smoothie
  • Add blueberries to your breakfast cereal, yogurt or pancakes
  • Add blueberries to a summer fruit salad: Use Spinach and throw in some feta, strawberries and toss with a vinaigrette. Yum!
  • Puree blueberries into cream cheese to make a great spread

Look for more articles on blueberries and its wonderful benefits. In the meantime, go to your local grocer and stock up on blueberries. Guess what? you can freeze them too.